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Here is some brief information about myself.

I’m interested in science because it helps us to understand the world. I enjoy finding out about new things and then working out how to write about them in a way that is both clear (and accurate) but which also conveys my own excitement and interest. I particularly like writing books that are fun, and I have been lucky to have had so many chances to do so.

I was born in Yorkshire in England, but grew up in Stranraer, a small town in south-west Scotland. I graduated from Edinburgh University and then came down to London, where I have lived ever since, with my husband and now grown-up children. I enjoy reading novels, watching films, and walking in the countryside.

To buy copies of my books, go to 
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Other Links:
Directory of writers who are members of the National Association for Writers in Education.
Directory of authors who work in schools. You can see more of my books on this website, and those of other non-fiction writers.
Network for Information Book Writers and Editors website, which includes a list of non-fiction children’s authors.